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Top 10 most searched areas by Malaysian home buyers in 2018


Here are Malaysia’s most popular residential neighbourhoods, ranked according to consumers’ search behaviour data compiled this year.  

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Most will say you only live once, but at some point, it’s time to go home and be with loved ones. There is no denying home is where the heart is (and where the wifi connects automatically). Now, the makings of a great home may be personal, from property type to size. However, location especially plays a huge factor among home buyers. After all, you’re not just purchasing a house, you’re buying your way into the neighbourhood as well.

This year, we have decided to compile the top 10 areas which recorded the highest number of searches (site-wide) among home seekers who visited from January-November 2018. The search data is captured by’s big data solution, and for each area, the popularity weightage is displayed in terms of percentages (%).

These residential hotspots are brimming with unique history, great transportation infrastructure and more shopping malls than one would ever need. So, let the countdown begin!


Percentage of searches: 6.5%

Johor Bahru, a city on the move! © Tuah Roslan | Getty Images

Coming in the tenth spot is Johor Bahru. Did you know that the capital of Johor is named after jewels or “Jauhar”, it’s Arabic translation? Burgeoning with wealth, job opportunities and massive development projects, Johor Bahru has always been a favourite among property hunters.

Not to mention, the Johor Bahru-Singapore Rapid Transit System (RTS) which is slated for completion in 2024, will bring forth many impactful changes with positive multiplier effects. This rail line will help to reduce traffic congestion along the Johor Causeway by up to 15%.


Percentage of searches: 7.15%

Voila, one of the swankiest neighbourhoods in Malaysia. Nirian | Getty Images

You can’t get more atas than this posh neighbourhood and you can’t find a place more centralised either. With a location to die for, Mont Kiara is surrounded by numerous major highways including DUKE, NKVE, Penchala Link and Kerinchi Link. Its residents love the convenience of having everything within easy reach in just one area. Why don’t you check out the top 5 reasons why Mont Kiara is Malaysia’s most popular address.


Percentage of searches: 8%

Ampang was historically a tin mining town. Today it boasts some of the most glorious views of Kuala Lumpur. Also, it is a mecca for food. It doesn’t matter if you want to splurge a bit or save money –  RM1 doughnut from Donut Gebu Al Jabbar, anybody? Or how about Roti John from Big Eat Kitchen? Sorry, we lost our train of thought for a moment there. Be right back, gonna head to Ampang for a snack. (Sigh, if only we lived there!)


Percentage of searches: 8.2%

Bright lights….city nights. © Getty Images

Kuala Lumpur’s city centre (not to be confused with KLCC) is also known as the Golden Triangle which roughly covers the area north of Jalan Pudu, south of Jalan Ampang and west of Jalan Imbi and Jalan Tun Razak. It also includes Bukit Bintang, Jalan Raja Chulan, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Jalan P. Ramlee and the entire KLCC area.

Sure, the traffic jams here are a killer but according to our data, quite a large number of people feel that the benefits of living in the city centre far outweigh the less than desirable commuting experience. For business or leisure, the city centre has everything one needs – from thriving nightlife spots to cheap and tasty hawker food. KL city centre is a place we love to hate and hate to love but there’s no denying that we’d move there if we could, no questions asked.

CHECK OUT 2019’s WINNERS: Top 10 most searched areas by Malaysian homebuyers in 2019


Percentage of searches: 9.6%

alan Damansara, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
The Jalan Damansara trunk road serves as a link between the Damansara sections of Petaling Jaya and Kuala Lumpur. © Kratobb | Getty Images

Damansara may be a suburb located within Petaling Jaya, but it is a city in its own right. Known as one of the most densely populated areas in Malaysia, it has numerous townships within, including Damansara Perdana, Damansara Heights, Kota Damansara, Ara Damansara and Bandar Utama.

This hot suburb has a lot going for it, with parks, gardens and perfect little cafes – there’s no shortage of places to hang out in. Meanwhile, Uptown Damansara is a thriving commercial hub which houses numerous MNC companies. Shopping is easy-peasy too with so many malls within driving distance such as The Curve, One Utama and The Starling Mall.


Percentage of searches: 10.28%

The way USJ was built is quite unique, the various precincts were not developed according to sequence! © tuahlensa/ 123RF

Densely populated, Subang Jaya has everything prepared for a home-seeker especially if you’ve got young ones or you’re starting a family. It is especially known for its bounty of schools and well-known higher education institutions. Pretty much everything can be within walking distance in Subang’s most popular areas; malls, food, entertainment – you name it, you got it.

Subang Jaya started out with a cluster of houses built between Federal Highway and Shah Alam Expressway (KESAS) in the late 1970s. This area which now consists of SS 12 to SS 19, is spread across central Subang Jaya. Today, it covers a larger area of the original SJ township, UEP Subang Jaya (USJ) and Putra Heights.


Percentage of searches: 10.56%

The locals have their own moniker for Shah Alam – The Land of Roundabouts! Drive through the city and you are bound to bump into a few (or a dozen). © hafiz ismail/EyeEm | Getty Images

People are seeking a home in Shah Alam, and here’s why; this beautiful city is Selangor’s state capital and it’s got a life of its own including family-friendly attractions and shopping hotspots. Shah Alam is also known as the City of Digital Lights thanks to iCity, a 72-acre expanse decked with lights, ice sculptures and activities galore.

The fun doesn’t stop there, residents have access to exciting activities such as rock climbing, paintball, cultural events and book communities. And yes, you can cafe hop in Shah Alam.


Percentage of searches: 12.29%

Did you know Petaling Jaya was only dubbed as a city in 2006? It’s hard to imagine because this place is home to Sunway Lagoon! Almost everyone has been there at least once and we keep going back, no matter how old we are! Okay, so home seekers probably didn’t have Sunway Lagoon on their minds when searching for their dream home, it is probably because of other pull factors such as attractive property prices, numerous amenities and lots of makan place offering tasty, local fare.


Percentage of searches: 12.35%

Another residential favourite, Puchong has various amenities to offer such as Tesco Extra Puchong, Giant Bandar Puteri Mall, IOI Mall and Aeon Big Puchong Utama as well as commercial centres including IOI Boulevard, IOI Business Park and Setia Walk. © Getty Images

A few years ago, Puchong being the #2 most searched place in Malaysia would have come as a surprise. But not today. With vast improvements in its transportation infrastructure coupled with new townships being introduced by various developers, Puchong is now much more attractive to home seekers.

Most of you probably already know this but did you know Puchong has got a bunch of 24-hour restaurants and cafes? It’s also the place to be if you have caught the Cricket bug since it’s home to the Malaysian Cricket Association! These are just two random fun facts, Puchong’s got a whole lot more to offer. 


Percentage of searches: 15.07%

Taman here, Taman there…..Taman everywhere! ©

Visitors would be amazed as to how many ‘tamans’ there are in Cheras. At every turn, you are bound to bump into a signboard displaying a dozen Taman names. It’s official, people are crazy about Cheras! There’s definitely something special here; could it be IKEA? Or maybe it’s their famous Pasar Malam at Taman Connaught? Maybe it’s all those tamans! We might have an idea why almost everyone wants to be right there to be in the middle of it all – Find out the 5 reasons why Malaysians are obsessed with Cheras.

Edited by Reena Kaur Bhatt


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